Voters approved the consolidation of the North Winneshiek and Decorah School Districts Tuesday.
Through consolidation, both school districts board of directors, assets, liabilities and personnel will be combined. All three measures on Tuesday’s ballot passed in both districts. In Decorah, consolidation passed with 621 yes votes and 104 no votes; the revenue purpose statement was approved 634 yes votes to 81 no votes. The final measure, the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, passed with 622 yes votes to 93 no votes. North Winneshiek Community School District (CSD) voters approved consolidation 224 yes votes to 32 no votes; the revenue purpose statement passed, 209 yes to 45 no, and the PPEL received 203 yes votes and 50 no votes. The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors will canvass election results at noon, Monday, Feb.12.
Already in place
The revenue statement and the PPEL were previously in place in
the Decorah School District, but due to the consolidation with North Winneshiek and forming a new district, both issues needed to be voted
on again. Looking ahead, North Winneshiek will remain a preschool through
sixth grade facility through the 2018-2019 school year. In 2019, the consolidation will take place. Following the election of the new School Board on July 1, 2019, those members will begin making the subsequent decisions for the newly consolidated district. According to North Winneshiek Superintendent Tim Dugger, the new Board will be formed based on population of districts. Initially, Decorah will appoint four members and North Winneshiek will appoint one. They will make all of the decisions regarding facilities, staffing and policy going forward.